The Rock: Galapagos in World War II

This Ecuadoran documentary (2004) examines a curious chapter in maritime history, when the U.S. navy, reacting to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, hoped to protect the Panama Canal by establishing a base on the stony Galapagos island of Baltra. The outpost never came under enemy fire, and although thousands of U.S. soldiers traveled to “the Rock,” less than a dozen show up for the reunion that occasioned this video. During the war a few servicemen died in training accidents, and their skeletal remains, discovered by locals, are an eerie echo of the animal bones that littered the archipelago during the 19th century, when Darwin was researching his theory of natural selection. Nicolas Cornejo directed. In English and subtitled Spanish. 53 min.

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